Hartlepool United top scorer 'fine' for Aldershot Town trip while Fleetwood Town loan striker a slight doubt

Dave Challinor is expecting to welcome Luke Armstrong back to the Hartlepool United starting line-up on Saturday when his side visit Aldershot Town in the National League (3pm kick-off).

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 10:04 am

Pools’ joint-top goalscorer missed the 4-2 defeat against Maidenhead United with a slight hamstring issue but has since returned to full training ahead of the trip to the EBB Stadium.

Pools currently sit fourth in the National League table but could move back up to third with a victory should Stockport County lose to Torquay United.

On Armstrong’s condition, Challinor said: “He's fine, he trained yesterday fine and will train again [on Wednesday]. In the circumstance we were in after losing Bromley, it would have been a stupid risk to play him [against Maidenhead].

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Hartlepool United's Luke Armstrong celebrates after scoring. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

"Us keeping him and Oatesy [Rhys Oates] fit for the next five six games is going to be pivotal. Hopefully he has no reaction and he'll be fine for the weekend and moving forward.”

Elsewhere in the squad, Challinor revealed that Harvey Saunders was still struggling with a knee issue picked up in the 1-0 defeat at Bromley last week.

The Fleetwood Town loanee played against Maidenhead but will continue to be monitored ahead of this weekend’s game.

“There are people with knocks and niggles where we have to be flexible with training scheduled but there's nothing out of the ordinary,” Challinor added.

“Harvey has a slight knee issue from the Bromley game, he got through the game on Saturday so fingers crossed he'll be fine but he's the only one with anything at the moment. Everyone else, it's just about managing their load.”

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